Karen joined HTA as a Part I Architectural Assistant in 2009 and subsequently returned after completing University in 2012 as a Part II Architectural Assistant and then passed her Part III in 2015.
Her role involves the design and day-to-day management of post-planning projects as well as liaising with clients, consultants and local authorities.
Karen is a mentor to those on their Part I year out and the ‘Year in Industry’ mentor to students who will work for HTA for a year between school and university. She was involved in setting up the W@HTA group whose aim it is to promote women in the industry through events such as the successful 'leading women at HTA' panel and currently sits on the Diversity Forum at HTA.
Karen successfully took part in the Ride London 100-mile cycle event three times with HTA Rouleurs team raising money for charity and will be taking part in the 2021 cycle from Vienna to Budapest with pedElle for Coram.
Prior to joining HTA, Karen studied at the University of Strathclyde and received her PgDip for a project which involved working closely with charities and communities in Haiti where she researched and designed a low-cost housing project which explored the use and self-building of indigenous and recycled materials.
Significant HTA projects that Karen has worked on include:
Ballards Lane, Finchley – Aitch Group
Project Architect (52 flats) – Stage 3b Tender
Project Lead (41 flats) – Stage 3b (following updated planning submission with a reduction in units)
Block 5, Winstanley and York Road (136 homes) – Taylor Wimpey
Part of the large regeneration scheme providing 2550 homes overlooking the new park, with tree lined streets.
Project Architect for the internals and façade details and co-ordinating internal team deliverables: Stage 3b (Tender packages)
Greenford Green, Ealing (1965 homes and commercial spaces) – Greystar
Architect - Stages 1 and 2 for the planning application
Block 5 (379 ‘multi-family’ apartments and commercial spaces built using modular construction)
Project Architect: Stages 1 and 2
Project Architect (envelope packages): Stage 3b Tender
Client Monitoring Team: Stage 4 and 5 reviewing information from consultants and inspecting modules onsite.
Mill o’ Mains Phases 1-3, Dundee (203 homes) – Home Group
Multi phased regeneration north of Dundee with new homes integrated into the existing neighbourhood.
Project Architect and Contract Administrator (Phase 3, 69 homes): Stages 3 - 7
Architectural Assistant (Phase 1 for 64 homes, and 2 for 70 homes): Stages 3-5
Castleward Urban Village Phase 1, Derby (160 homes and commercial spaces) – Compendium Living
Architectural Assistant: Stages 3 - 7
Currently Karen is working on:
Tower & Asbourne House, Slough (193 homes) – Slough Borough Council
Karen is the Project Architect leading the Stage 3b Tender package which will provide 193 homes across 6 blocks with connecting landscaped podiums. This is the Council’s flagship project with a vision for healthy, sustainable homes for all tenants in a safe living environment with play spaces on their doorstep set within attractive gardens.